Built on a foundation of expertise in behavioral health.
Connections Health Solutions was founded in 2009 by Dr. Chris Carson and Dr. Robert Williamson, who had both previously developed and implemented numerous crisis centers and programs in Texas and Arizona. Since then, the Connections team has grown to include a full staff of medical directors, nurses, therapists, recovery coaches and other support functions. Today, we are consistently recognized as a national leader and innovator in the field of behavioral health services.
Colin LeClair joined Connections Health Solutions in 2019. Colin’s brings 20 years of experience implementing value-based healthcare delivery systems and improving healthcare access for our nation’s most vulnerable patients.
Prior to joining Connections Health Solution, Colin led business development, product development, and implementation for ConcertoHealth, growing revenue more than 8x over 4 years. Prior to ConcertoHealth Colin was the P&L leader for OPTUMCare’s ACO business in California. Under his leadership, OPTUM’s ACOs led the nation in healthcare quality, medical cost savings, and patient outcomes.
Prior to Optum, Colin held a range of progressively expanding leadership roles at several of the nation’s most successful private equity-backed managed healthcare organizations, including WellCare Health Plans, Bravo Health, and HealthSpring.
Colin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at The University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Chris Carson
Founder, Chief Medical Officer, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Chris Carson is Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Connections Health Solutions. He has extensive leadership experience in a wide variety of managed behavioral health systems nationwide and a strong background in crisis services.
Dr. Carson has developed acute psychiatric services in a variety of settings, beginning in 1993 with his role as medical director of the psychiatric emergency department at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where he led the creation of the first crisis unit to serve the needs of the public behavioral health system in Tarrant County. He then went on to develop a crisis center at Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas and served as its medical director until 2005. In 2009 he co-founded Connections Health Solutions (CHS).
In addition, Dr. Carson is a national leader in managed behavioral health systems. In February 2014 he became the National Medical Director for Utilization Management at Beacon Health Options, where he was responsible for the oversight of the medical management of all at-risk accounts nationwide. At Beacon he has had various positions of leadership and is currently the Region 4/5 CMO.
Chief Medical Officer, ConnectionsAZ
Dr. Robert Williamson functions as Connection’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Williamson graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Texas. He has been providing emergency psychiatric services for twenty years.
Dr. Williamson is also the co-founder of Connections Health Solutions, with his business partner Dr. Chris Carson. Connections Health Solutions was founded in 2009. During that time it has grown to include the two largest Psychiatric Crisis facilities in the country, two novel outpatient clinics as well as a nationally recognized professional services arm that provides consultative services across the country. Connections Health Solutions employs approximately 600 individuals including 50 Psychiatric providers.
Prior to founding Connections Health Solutions, Dr. Williamson was the Medical Director for the Psychiatric Emergency Center at Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Chief Operations Officer
Adrienne Opalka leads Connection’s healthcare operations, including RCM, HR, Center Management and other operational activities. She applies 30 years of executive leadership in Medicare, Medicaid, and multi-sector health plans and organizations.
Prior to joining Connection Health Solutions, Adrienne was VP of ACOs at Universal American, managing 7 plans and netting $22M in revenues via risk-sharing arrangements. She delivered a 40% quality score improvement. She has been COO of 3 health plans, and directly managed 4 centers with a $200M budget delivering 1M multi-specialty visits per year. She founded and managed Columbia-Presbyterian’s managed care plan, a JV of private, public and not-for-profit hospitals.
Previously Adrienne was a Consultant for Bain & Company, focusing on commercial banking mergers and acquisitions, and health care operations and technology for Fortune 500 Companies. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jill Dennis leads a professional human resources team in shaping company culture and evolving strategic workforce capability to support the achievement of business goals and objectives. With more than 20 years in human resources and over a decade in the behavioral health industry, she has extensive experience in leading organizational transformations.
As a senior leader at Connections, she built the human resources infrastructure by attracting and retaining HR professionals and developing talent acquisition, payroll, 401k, benefits, compensation, employee relations, organizational design, and learning & development.
Previously, Jill held human resources positions of increasing responsibility for Caremark, ValueOptions, Banner Health, and Magellan Health Services. Jill served as a member of the executive leadership team for the $1.5 billion AZ state contract at Magellan Health Services and led HR operations across four nationwide business units. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.
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Tailored to the needs of the individual patient
Regardless of their issue, we treat the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit – to create individualized recovery plans for their goals. Because we believe one size does not fit all. This philosophy of individualized care maximizes the likelihood of successful recovery, and gives patients hope for a better life.
Providing behavioral health professional Services
In addition to providing individualized care for our own patients, we also partner with other organizations and communities to solve problems for their behavioral health needs. We do it through comprehensive consultation services that maximize access, quality of care, and reimbursement for people with psychiatric and substance use treatment needs.